We recently welcomed Jean Boxler and his wife, Sylvie, to New York City, accompanied by their close friends Félix and Aura Meyer. André Ostertag was on hand as well. Our goal was simple: celebrate how special the wines of Alsace can be, particularly the incredible diversity of terroirs and grape varieties that make the region so exciting and unique. Kermit can remember when Gewurtztraminer was the most prized and demanded grape of Alsace in the United States; my, how times have changed. Its fortunes have fallen along with those of Sauternes growers. But the reason for its popularity back then still holds true today: it is capable of producing some of the most complex, delicious, age-worthy white wines in the world. There are few better ways to experience its charms than through Boxler’s talented hands. Many classical French food pairings exist, although spicy Asian cuisine is also a great combination.
Jean Boxler, currently rules the roost at this humble yet incredibly exciting domaine. Intense and serious about his land, his craft, and his wine, Jean is the genius behind what are certainly some of the finest white wines in Alsace (and the world). World War II brought Jean’s grandfather Albert back to Niedermorschwihr from Montana, where he was busy enjoying the natural gifts of big sky country. He became the first generation to bottle the family’s production himself and commercialize it under a family label. Tasting through the entire range of Boxler’s wines is ample proof of the fact that Alsace, along with Burgundy, is the source of the world’s most complex, exciting white wines, and will probably always be.
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
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